RavensBendFolkArt

Primitive Style Folk Art Painting

Illinois, United States · 512 Sales

RavensBendFolkArt

Primitive Style Folk Art Painting

Illinois, United States 512 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   ***Ravens Bend Folk Art will be on vacation from June 14 through July 2*** Welcome to Ravens Bend Folk Art. My name is Sharon Wittke and I paint my original designs on wooden bowls, plates, trays, boxes, footstools, chairs, and other utilitarian items, as well as on canvas suitable for framing.

I live in the Shawnee Hills of southernmost Illinois and I’m continually inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds me – rolling hills, the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, reclaimed wetlands, and endless scenes of rural life in America.

If you see any designs you especially like while you are browsing through my Etsy shop, please convo me, and I'll be happy to create a custom folk art piece for you.

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Last updated on May 19, 2016

***Ravens Bend Folk Art will be on vacation from June 14 through July 2*** Welcome to Ravens Bend Folk Art. My name is Sharon Wittke and I paint my original designs on wooden bowls, plates, trays, boxes, footstools, chairs, and other utilitarian items, as well as on canvas suitable for framing.

I live in the Shawnee Hills of southernmost Illinois and I’m continually inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds me – rolling hills, the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, reclaimed wetlands, and endless scenes of rural life in America.

If you see any designs you especially like while you are browsing through my Etsy shop, please convo me, and I'll be happy to create a custom folk art piece for you.

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Folk Art - A Way of Life in Rural America

My name is Sharon Wittke. I live in the beautiful Shawnee Hills of southernmost Illinois where my studio window overlooks a peaceful pasture filled with grazing longhorn cattle.

I begin each day with a paintbrush in my hand. I’m a self-taught decorative artist, and my painting style is a blend of naïve, narrative and folk art with a touch of whimsy thrown in for good measure.

Using acrylics, I paint my original designs on a variety of surfaces. Wooden bowls and plates, chairs, three legged stools, cheese boxes, and antique kitchen utensils are among my favorite items to decorate. I scour local antique and resale shops for odd or interesting items to paint. My favorite subjects are Halloween, Christmas, other holidays, and scenes of rural life.

For inspiration, I recall the resplendent autumn days and blustery winter nights of my childhood home in upstate New York. Dancing witches, cavorting skeletons and grinning ghosts were among the many trick-or-treaters who roamed the streets of my village on All Hallow’s Eve. As a youngster, I heard colorful tales about tiny elves and grumpy belsnickles who lived in the snowy woodlands surrounding my town.

Prints by legendary American folk artists such as Edward Hicks, Rufus Porter, and Grandma Moses hung in the village library, where I was a frequent visitor. I was strongly influenced by these painters, as well as by decorative artists including Peter Ompir, Jo Sonja Jansen, and Peter Hunt.

I began painting in 2001, following the September 11 attack. At the time, I was an Air Force operations officer at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, Illinois and painting helped me overcome the same sadness and stress my fellow Americans were experiencing at that time. I’ve had no formal art training, and my first attempts at creating folk art were woefully lacking.

Humor is a key element in most of my designs, and my greatest reward is seeing a smile when someone views one of my folk art pieces. If you see a design that makes you smile, please contact me to create a folk art piece for you.

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  • Sharon Wittke

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    I'm a self-taught folk artist who paints original designs with acrylics on decorative wooden items such as bowls, plates, trays, footstools, boxes and primitive bread boards . I especially like to paint holiday folk art and scenes of country life.

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